Implants VS Dentures

Wearing traditional dentures is a pain


At Singleton Dental Implants, we think—wearing traditional dentures is a pain. There’s no other way to put it. Slipping and sliding, causing sore areas on your gums, affecting your speech, restricting what you can eat.

And that’s just the beginning

Traditional dentures need extra care, more care than you normally put into taking care of your natural teeth. Dentures need to be left out of your mouth for at least an hour per day. You also need to remove your dentures each night before you go to sleep.

An adhesive needs to be used to get them to stay in position, either a powder or a paste adhesive. This is can be tricky, as the amount you need doesn’t always last all day and you may have to apply it again, especially before eating.

Imagine—you’re going to a restaurant for a first date—and you realize you haven’t reapplied the adhesive…. We only get one chance to make a good impression and you could have just blown it. A denture plate in your soup isn’t likely to lead to a second date!


Now you have health problems

Dentures can rub against your gums. Those sore spots on your gums can become more irritated, leading to shrinking gum tissue. That leads to loss of the bones in your jaw. Bone loss is a serious problem, leading to jaw problems, gum disease and can further lead to or complicate other health risks:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Reduced effectiveness of insulin for diabetics
  • Lowered birth weight in babies
  • Respiratory problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes


AND if your jaw is sore, you are going to restrict what you can eat. Along with not being a fun way to live, we all need a balanced diet to be healthy. A steady diet of soup and milkshakes isn’t going to provide that. That adds up to a big health cost for you.

Denture lifespan

Typically, dentures need to be replaced or reclined every 5 - 10 years.


The best way to replace a tooth is with an implant—they have a high success rate and Singleton Dental Implant patients tell us they love how they feel so much like their own natural teeth.

What is an implant?

Implants are root replacements. After they have been placed into your jaw, the bone and the implant itself solidify and provide a reliable and stable anchor on which a tooth replacement can be made. Implants can also be used to retain full or partial dentures.

Why would I choose implants?

Unlike traditional dentures, implants preserve bone and reduce gum tissue loss. In other words—they’re a much better choice. Bone loss is a significant health risk, leading to jaw problems, gum disease and can result in or complicate other health risks:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Reduced effectiveness of insulin for diabetics
  • Lowered birth weight in babies
  • Respiratory problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes

The comparison of implants to dentures is pretty simple. Implants feel and look like your natural teeth:

* No slipping, no sliding, no hiding your mouth

* No embarrassment about the way you talk

* No adhesives

* No removing them and leaving them out for at least an hour a day

* No extra care – regular brushing and flossing like a natural tooth

    And there is less risk of gum recession and bone loss (providing regular dental care and checkups are maintained)

    And best of all, they last upwards of 25 years and in many cases, a lifetime.

    At Singleton Dental Implants, we can’t promise that all your dates will go well, but we can promise dental implants will help you stay healthier and make your life a lot easier than dentures!


    Yes, implants cost more than dentures, at least initially. Implants will last 2-3 times as long as dentures. Dr. Alan Singleton, Okanagan dentist, works with his patients to choose the right solution for them  and helps them find a solution to make dental implants affordable.

    Convenient too

    For follow-up care appointments, Dr. Singleton is just a few miles away, right here in the Okanagan.

    Pay now or pay later

    Because dentures can lead to bone loss due to gum irritation and eventual receding gum lines, the risk of periodontal disease increases. If it progresses enough, you may need to see a periodontist and potentially require surgery to treat the periodontal disease. This is now a health cost and a financial cost.

    What is the quality of your life worth?

    Pain and life style adjustments to avoid food and social situations are a big price to pay. Peace of mind and health are priceless.

    Make your life easier with implants.

    For more information on implants, go to IMPLANT FAQs.

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